3) Corbin Burnes
If life followed fantasy baseball rules, Corbin Burnes for Alonso would happen. It makes too much sense not to. Both hit the open market after 2024. The Mets need an arm like Burnes. The Brewers need a bat like Alonso. Could it be any more obvious?
Needless to say, a one-for-one swap in our non-fantasy baseball run world is out of the question. There are too many problems. What could work is for another Mets pitcher to get thrown into the deal along with a bat from the Milwaukee roster. Rowdy Tellez? Jose Quintana? Eh, we might need to start piling names into the trade machine and see when the numbers get more equal on both sides.
There is little doubt Stearns will have interest in bringing Burnes to the Mets at some point given how successful he has been in his career with the Brewers. Striking a trade with the Brewers remains a possibility. More realistically, the Mets wait and see if he reaches free agency and they can simply pay him.
Nevertheless, if the Brewers are going to inquire about Alonso, the conversation needs to include the 2021 National League Cy Young winner. We shouldn’t expect it. We can still demand a valuable piece like him. Stearns and the GM he eventually hires should play hardball when it comes to any Alonso negotiation.